Oscar Brindley
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Unidentified Newsclipping, May 2, 1917
     Major Oscar A. Brindley, of the United States Signal Corps, and one of the most famous of all American aviators, was killed in a 400-foot fall at the Dayton aviation field yesterday shortly before noon. Major Brindley was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brindley, who live a short distance from Albany. He leaves besides his aged parents, three sisters, Mrs. Ray Kinney, of Columbus, Mrs. John Pierce of The Plains, and Mrs. Emma Tribe, of near Albany.
     Major Brindley was in Athens county late last summer. While in Athens he was the guest of Lieut. Carl Hibbard, with whom he once worked in Columbus as an expert machinist. Major Brindley started as a machinist some years ago, working at Nelsonville for a time and later at Columbus. He entered the flying game some years ago, and several years before the war broke out was one of the best known and most skillful aviators in the world. His fame was international.
     Last summer when here, he informed Lieut. Hibbard that he was on his way to Dayton from Washington where he had been given a commission as major in the Signal Corps. He was married some time ago to the daughter of an eastern millionaire who is interested in aviation, it is reported here. His wife was at Dayton at the time of his death. He had just returned to Dayton from Washington and had been made chief inspector of the big government aviation field near Dayton. With him at the time of his death was Colonel Henry J. Damm, also of the Signal Corps. Both men were killed. An investigation is now being made of the affair.
     Last night Mr. and Mrs. Martin Brindley were called by their daughter in Columbus and informed of their son's tragic death. The sister left last evening for Dayton. She informed her parents that the body of Major Brindley would be taken to Washington for burial with military honors.
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Unidentified Newsclipping, May 5, 1919
gave their lives in the world war. Not only has war added to the roll of the dead that sleep in this beautiful spot overlooking the town, but the influenza epidemic that swept this community in the past few months, added its full quota.
     Washington's cemetery never looked prettier. Superintendent John Crosbie and his assistants, though handicapped considerably by rain, have done their work well, and the Silent City will look its finest at this Memorial season. Many visited the cemetery on Sunday, and more have been there during the week. Tomorrow, with favorable weather, hundreds will visit the grounds.
     Washington's cemetery is this year ablaze with beautiful rhododendrons,. There are some very fine bushes of this mountain flower, and there are varied shades of pink from the lightest to the brighest. There are also the attractive peonies in several colors. Other flowers add to the beauty of the grounds.
     From May 1, 1918, to May 1, 1919, there were interred in the local cemetery 471 bodies. This is 114 more than the previous year, which was 357. That was the largest number since the cemetery was opened, and the past year runs far ahead of any previous year. The fact is attributed to the ravages of the influenza epidemic that prevailed in this community last fall. Since the cemetery was opened in 1853 there have been buried ther 11,164 bodies. Last November, when the epidemic was at its worst here, 78 interments were made.
     Fifteen soldiers have been buried here during the past year, six of whom were veterans of the world war. These six were Major Oscar H. Brindley, who was killed at Dayton, O., in an aeroplane accident; Lieutenant Leroy Quinn, killed in an aviation accident at Fort Worth, Texas; Isaiah Singleton, Harry Woodson, William Asbury and Harold F. Seal. The last name was a member of Co. H, 110th infrantry. He died in this country of wounds sustained in action over there. A fine new monument graces the grave of Major Brindley.
     In the cemetery of the Church of the Immaculate Conception, ...out Locust avenue, during the past year, 148 interments were made. Two world war soldiers, one of them Lawrence J. Welch, are buried there.
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